This is the first of several posts about serenity. I believe that serenity is achievable for all of us! And, I’m not talking about sticking your head in the sand and pretending the world around you doesn’t exist. You're here now. Achieving a sense of serenity, or inner calm, is not magic and serenity will not come with the snap of your fingers.
Having a deep sense of serenity is something that you must strive for on a daily basis. Achieving serenity requires your diligence and determination. How do you think about serenity? The dictionary simply defines it as: “The quality or state of being serene; clearness and calmness; quietness; stillness; peace.”
What memories, ideas or thoughts does serenity bring up for you? Does it seem stuffy, austere and difficult to reach? Do you feel it as a peaceful state? Does serenity bring images of Yoda or Buddhist monks? In the world today, it's more about having a sense of inner calm. It's also about knowing what you can do for yourself to bring about your calm.
We’ll focus on your Soul Number. Listening to your soul through your personal numbers allows you to be open to your inner voice. Your Soul Number represents your inner feelings, yearnings, drives, dreams, and aspects of your spiritual strengths. It is what you really want for yourself! However, it’s less about accumulation of things, and more about inner fulfillment. Consider what Blues Guitarist Jonny Lang has to say about his love of music. It’s really quite powerful to hear him say: “My first memories are knowing at the age of three that I was put here to do music.” Here is someone who understands the needs of his soul. What does your soul need?
Perhaps you have a Soul Number 7 or 9. These people typically may need regular quiet time. They can enjoy long walks outside, just connecting with nature and being with themselves. They are also likely to recognize that they need regular time to reflect, be alone and recharge. Over time they also recognize that certain lifestyles, such as living in a big city or working long hours, just isn’t for them. Of course, we all have similar understandings.
Understanding your inner needs is only half of your work. You must also make space and time in your life to allow yourself the opportunity follow your heart and to recharge. Your emotions can be an important guiding factor. You may need to recognize that constant, boring and listless work makes you bored, moody and temperamental. You may become increasingly angry and frustrated, which may lead to you simply burying your desires.
What have you been yearning for? Your Soul number can provide clues to reaching self-satisfaction. However, keep in mind that following its guidance requires real, honest work on your part. Your age and maturity can be a strong determining factor in how you channel your energies and work toward accomplishing your dreams. Youths and younger Individuals, may need strong professional support, such as a mentor, from outside their family to succeed.
With serenity we can develop better understanding, compassion and acceptance of ourselves, and our world. Your personal numbers can provide you with guidance toward the better understanding of the situations in your life, where you might not feel like being accepting or compassionate. Your personal need for serenity increases with how far you distance yourself from your inner voice. The more you listen to your inner voice, the better able you will be to access your own serenity.
The Buddhists might say that when you can become quiet and patient, you can develop serenity. The individuals with a Soul Number of 2, 5 or 3 may find it easier to access their serenity than others, as they can be very easy going and tolerant. They often wish for, and work toward relationships and partnerships. They can be adaptable and can go out of their way to make others comfortable and build community.
Questions to consider:
- Am I being rigid?
- Am I following my heart?
- Am I willing to ask for help?
- In order to move ahead, do I need to forgive or make peace with someone?
- What do I need to let go of?